|Date of Birth
||12 February 1952
|Place of Birth
||Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Born in Cambridge, England in 1952, Simon MacCorkindale's first career choice was to follow in his Air Force pilot father's bootsteps, but his deteriorating eyesight forced him to choose an alternative vocation. He took drama classes following high school graduation and put in much time on the repertory theatre stage, culminating in an appearance in the highly acclaimed production of "Pygmalion" with Alec McCowen and Diana Rigg in 1974. Simon later appeared in several heralded TV miniseries productions such as "I, Claudius" (1976) (mini) and "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977) (mini).
His major breakthrough in film came with the role of the charming and cunning shipboard suspect in the all-star whodunnit Death on the Nile (1978), with similar shady roles in such films as The Riddle of the Sands (1979) keeping the momentum going. Hollywood became an option for him in the 80s and he found his patrician good looks well suited for TV, with series roles ranging from soap operas ("Falcon Crest") to adventures ("Manimal"). Since then Simon has delved into stage projects featuring him as both director and actor, more notably in "Macbeth" and "The Merchant of Venice".
Divorced during his early career from actress Fiona Fullerton, he subsequently married Brit actress Susan George, and produced a few of her films. He focused for a time as a producer/director/writer on a variety of personal projects, but has since concentrated again on performing.